Maddox Coming in Clutch as DH

Austin Maddox has already proved himself as a killer force on the mound for Florida. In the tail end of his junior season, the right-handed closing pitcher is boasting a 1.65 ERA. Maddox clocked in his most recent success in Friday's series opener against Arkansas, closing in on a 3-2 win in the ninth by retiring the Razorbacks in order.

But in the Arkansas contest, Maddox came in as a force from the other side of the plate, penned as the designated hitter for the night. He pulled an RBI single into left field with a two-out deficit in the sixth inning, hitting in the game-winning run by pulling Casey Turgeon across the plate.

"He swung the bat good, and that's what you have to do," coach Kevin O'Sullivan said of Maddox. "When you get opportunities like that with men in scoring position, you have to have good at-bats."

O'Sullivan has toyed around with the DH spot throughout the season, switching between Brian Johnson, Maddox and Mike Zunino.

"We played a lot of different lineups and a lot of different guys," O'Sullivan said. "We've done as much as we could as far as developing our depth. It's time to look towards our older players that have some experience. It's time to start getting (Maddox) going offensively again."

Maddox said he has been chomping at the bit with his hitting all year and has simply had to be patient with seeing his name in the batting order.

"You just have to stay positive," Maddox said. "You know, eventually maybe I get my chance and I have done the best I can do with it."

On Friday, Maddox rifled through three at-bats, posting one hit, one RBI and one walk. He currently sits at a .294 batting average.

"I'm all about this team and I just want to win," Maddox said. "That's it. That's all it comes down to. Whatever Sully feels is best, I'll support him 100 percent."


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